Reporting stories at the intersection of Community, policy and science.
Hannah Hagemann is a 2019-2020 NPR Kroc Fellow. She currently reports for KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. Hagemann has been on the ground covering the CZU Lightning Complex Fire for KQED, KAZU, and NPR. Previously she reported for the network's News Desk and National Desk and produced stories with NPR's news magazine Weekend Edition.
As a fellow Hagemann has reported on the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice protests extensively. She comes to NPR from the Central California coast, where she earned a master's in science journalism from UC Santa Cruz. Hagemann enjoys reporting stories at the intersection of community, policy and science. She's reported in-depth on climate change, fishing issues and PFAS chemicals.
Before beginning a career in journalism, Hagemann worked as a geologist. She sampled and cleaned up industrial pollution across California with drill crews, railroad foremen and high-level regulators. The work brought Hagemann to remote corners of the Mojave and sprawling air force bases, but most often she was investigating contamination in working-class communities across Southern California.
As a result of an investigation Hagemann reported during her master's program, $700,000 of state funding was reprogrammed to install high-end air filters on metal processing facilities in Southeast Los Angeles, which will decrease local air pollution.
In her free time, Hagemann enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking and seeing live bluegrass and funk music. She also paints landscapes and writes poetry. Currently, she's using the pandemic as an excuse to learn the mandolin.